By NITZ ARANCON
INSPECTORS would do the rounds to ensure that pork and pork-based products brought into Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro before the capitol’s and city hall’s prohibitions are African Swine Fever-free.
Officials said all hogs, pork and pork-based products that were brought into the province this Sept. 25 and earlier, and into Cagayan de Oro this Sept. 26 and earlier are subject for inspection.
Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano expanded the ban on pork entry in the province Sept. 26 while Mayor Oscar Moreno ordered the ban Sept. 27.
The Misamis Oriental ban means that hogs, pork and pork-based products, including frozen boar semen, from anywhere in Luzon and other regions are not allowed in the province effective Sept. 26. A similar rule took effect in Cagayan de Oro starting Sept. 27 until the ban is lifted.
Misamis Oriental veterinarian Benjamin Resma said the National Meat Inspection Services (NMIS) would inspect establishments that sell pork and take samples for testing to make sure the products brought into the province before Sept. 26 are ASF-free.
But Angie Barcelona, NMIS director, said the inspections of establishments that sell pork as well as the task of getting samples should be made by the local governments.
“Sila na sa (local governments) ang magkuha og samples sa mga pork products nga na-a sa mga tindahan kay national man ang amo,” Bacelona said.
Cagayan de Oro veterinarian Lucien Anthony Acac said his understanding is that local governments or the NMIS can do the inspections and take samples for examination by the Regional Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory of the Department of Agriculture.